“That’s one of the best rodeos yet” was a popular refrain at the well-attended Nanaimo Safety Rodeo put on by Local 258 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and BC Hydro.
Taking place on a somewhat overcast day in early June, hundreds of visitors, supporters and family members gathered to watch Local 258 Power Line Technicians and Electricians working at BC Hydro showcase their professional skills, techniques and safe work practices as they competed in the popular event, held for the first time in Nanaimo.
Master of Ceremonies for the day was Dale Haines, Local 258’s Recording Secretary and a retired PLT. Brother Haines entertained the crowds with the play-by-play of the numerous competitions that took place. Also participating were members of the Emergency Rescue Team.
Thanks to everyone who competed, participated and cheered on from the sidelines including all of the tremendous volunteers!
View photos here.
A huge thank you to the IBEW 258,Tony Brand, assistant business managers, the executive and all IBEW members who attended for your support in making this years rodeo in Nanaimo a success.
We had a great turnout of competitors with 16 PLT teams and 16 PLT apprentices and 3 first aid teams. As well, the count at the gate was close to 1000! Great family event.
The IBEW tent was a hit, as was the competitor and volunteer shirts. Everybody loved the shirts.
The rodeo concluded with a fantastic banquet and awards that filled the Grand Hotels’ conference room at 230 people. Great food and a great time. Dan was entertaining and funny as the MC. Good time had by all.
We would also like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to represent the union in Kansas City. An unexpected honour and much appreciated! We are very proud to represent the IBEW at the Kansas rodeo.
A special thanks to Doug McKay (banquet and organizing), Dan Klassen (banquet MC), Jim Greenwell (IBEW tent), Michelle Boudreau (photographer), and Tom Greenwell (judge).
It’s dedicated individuals like these that inspire others.